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Bodies of vital matter : notions of life force and transcendence in traditional southern Italy


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Title: Bodies of vital matter : notions of life force and transcendence in traditional southern Italy
Authors: Binde, Per
Issue Date: 1999
Extent: [2], iii, [1], 300 s.
Publication type: book
Publisher: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis
Citation: This text is essentially from a doctoral dissertation, submitted in 1997. http://hdl.handle.net/2077/15015
Series/Report no.: Gothenburg studies in social anthropology
14
Keywords: social anthropology
Italy
symbolism
cosmology
Roman Catholocism
social organisation
vitality
folk medicine
burial
death
cults of saints
evil eye
witches
Abstract: The aim of this study is to investigate beliefs and practices relating to vitality, illness and death in traditional Southern Italy. My prime argument is that many of these beliefs and practices relate to just a few interconnected sets of notions. A basic presumption for the analysis of the material is that vital force is construed as a quality or substance which can be lost as well as gained. A first set of notions concerns losses leading to weakness, illness or death, caused by another p... more
ISBN: 91-7346-351-5
ISSN: 0348-4076;14
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/29000
Appears in Collections:Gothenburg Studies in Social Anthropology

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